Apr 22, 2013 7:00am PDT
's miranda rights. they said he could still pose a threat either because there are more bombs planted out there or he's connected to a larger terrorist cell. either way it has some lawmakers concerned. as investigators continue to interrogate their suspect some lawmakers argue he should be treated as an enemy combatant and denied an attorney for the time being. >> we should be allowed her intelligence-gathering purposes. >> investigators say they're still uncertain whether zocor and his brother tamerlan who died in a shoot-out on friday with police have any ties to fore te union issued a statement saying we must not waver from our tried and true justice system even in the most difficult of times. denial of rights is un-american and will only make it harder to obtain fair convictions. some liberal lawmakers agree and said they would be comfortable with tsarnaev being designated as an enemy combatant. >> i don't believe. it would beunconstitutional to >> it carries its own risk especially if that suspect is an american citizen. it could be challenged in court and that
Apr 22, 2013 11:30pm PDT
group. a federal magistrate the 19- year-old was advised of his miranda rights. there was more information in thele criminal complaint. ken wayne has been looking over it for us. >> reporter: this ten page criminal complaint lays out the fbi's case against tsarnaev. conspiring of using a weapon of mass destruction, a charge that if convicted could lead to the death penalty. dzhokhar tsarnaev is in serious conditions with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, leg, and hand. he has communicated to investigators by nodding and writing. at his bed side, a court representative says i will ask the doctor whether the patient is alert. the doctor asks, how you are feeling? tsarnaev nods. authorities are convinced the two brothers acted alone. >> i told boston they can rest easily. >> reporter: the affidavit describes the brothers walking through the marathon crowd with knapsacks and then separating. at one point, dzhokhar can be seen slipping his knapsack to the ground. he used his cell phone, then walked away. seconds later, an explosion. and information about a trip to russia last year.
Apr 21, 2013 7:00am PDT
terrorism suspects without reading them miranda rights. the rule was created to question terrorists about other potential threats. senator carl leven says so far there's no connection between the suspect and terrorist groups. leven said to hold him under these circumstances would be contrary to our laws and jeopardize our effort to prosecute him. during interviews before suspects are read their rights is often not admissible during the trial. the issue on miranda rights is further complicated because the u.s. is a u.s. citizen. many of the rules cannot be used on americans. live in the newsroom, katie utehs. ktvu news. >>> people are in texas are being allowed in their homes. curfew is still in effect and there is limited water and electricity. many are still trying to learn the condition of family and friends hurt in the explosion. >> it's really hectic, but we are patient because we know the extent of damage on the other side. and we got friends and family that we don't know about over there. >> 14 people died in the fertilizer plant explosion, including 11 emergency responders. 200 m
Apr 22, 2013 7:00am PDT
that they don't have to read him his miranda rights right away. as time passes, does the justification for that exception grow weaker? are they on ls strong ground? >> it sure does, because as you know, miranda rights are a bedrock constitutional principle. we all have the right to remain silent, t get an attorney and be advised of those rights. the public safety exemption is a very narrow exemption. there has to be an imminent threat to the public. it certainly seems less imminent. >> don't officials who say the terror is over, don't they kind of undercut that argument, and does it really matter in the end? >> this is certainly an argument that's going to be handed to this defendant's defense attorney when that time comes. there have been contradictory statements made that there is no public threat, there is no ticking bomb, thank goodness, apparently, based on what we know so far. so we're giving them an argument to use later. >> the issue is, the questioning that's permitted without miranda is very narrow in scope, correct? >> yes. it's about what the public threat is. it's not all